The ever-popular blue jean originated in the Old West
frontier of San Francisco in the late 1800s, and here is an extensive look at the entire era of Old West denim.
Gathered from collections
around the world, it presents never-before-seen pictures of antique
“miner’s denim” worn in the frontier communities of Nevada and
California, including Levi denim that is over 120 years old. More than a
dozen other brands that helped
make blue jeans what they are today include Greenebaum Brothers,
Neustadter Brothers, S. R. Krouse, A. B. Elfelt & Co., Heynemann &
Co., Harman Adams, W. & I. Steinhart & Co., Toklas, Brown, and others. Many of these innovative blue-jean
designs have been lost in the dust of history and were inaccessible to
the public until now.
Over 300 color photos and illustrations chronicle examples, patent drawings, and the histories of the
manufacturers. This is invaluable information for fashion historians and